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CTD Online Learning: Questions and Answers

Now that September is here and the first day of fall is on the horizon, CTD is ready to meet the needs of your student whatever they may be! Fall courses are open for registration, and includes  a variety of enrichment and accelerated options for students from age 3 through grade 12..

CTD’s has made some changes to our programs in order to accommodate the varied needs and schedules of our families. Wondering how to choose the right course? Here are some of our responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) that we have received from families.

Q: My family understands the necessity of distance learning in the face of COVID-19, but my son learns best with live instruction. Does CTD have any live online programs?

A: Yes! This fall, CTD is rolling out two new live weekend programs for students in grades 3 through 8. One is the Weekend at Home program that meets once a week on either Saturdays or Sundays for 6 weeks, and the other is the Encounters at Home program that offers single half-day sessions on either a Saturday or Sunday. To learn more about these programs, please visit our weekend programs page here.

Q: I want to enroll my daughter in an Advanced Placement® course, but her schedule in September might be too busy for the rigor that comes with college-level courses. Does CTD have any programs that could accommodate her schedule? 

A: Yes we do! For the 2020-2021 academic year, CTD’s enrollment period for the fall cohort will run from September 1 through October 15. This allows  flexibility for different schedules and academic needs. To start a course by October 15, applications must be complete by  October 10. To learn more about our flexible start dates, please click on the Honors or Advanced Placement® options in our online programs menu.

Q: I feel like my family and I have adjusted to online and remote learning since March, but has COVID-19 impacted the availability of CTD’s programs or course subjects for the fall?

A: While CTD’s traditional programs have moved online, they  are still available for students and we’re able to provide dozens of courses in subjects ranging from arts and humanities to technology and engineering. We have also added one-day live course options and a wider range of open enrollment enrichment courses for young students. If you would like to see the variety of CTD’s course offerings for yourself, please click here to browse our course catalog.

Q: I have three children: one in elementary school, one in middle school, and one in high school. Does CTD have programs for all three of them?

A: Yes! Whether it’s our Online Family Program for students in preK through grade 5 and their parents or caregivers or our Online Honors Program for students in grades 6 through 12, CTD has a plethora of programs for students of all ages. We encourage you to explore all the  online programs by clicking here.

We know that few things have gotten easier or more clear over the last several months. While we are not able to provide in-person programming just yet, we are still able to engage in powerful learning experiences that bring students together with peers and expert teachers. Though we hope to be together in person again soon, the educators and staff at CTD are committed to providing quality online instruction for your student this fall, and we’re happy to help in any way that we can! 

Do you still have questions about whether CTD’s online programs are a good fit for your student? If so, we encourage you to hear for yourself what CTD students and parents have said about our programs in our new video! To view the video, please click here.

Please visit our fall course catalog to browse all available courses. If you have any questions about eligibility or prerequisites, please contact our admissions team at ctd-admissions@northwestern.edu. To find more information, please click on this link to visit the Online Program page of the CTD website.

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